Ruger 10/22 ammo suggestions


January 25, 2007, 08:27 PM
I just got a ruger 10/22, kind-of, I pick it up after my ten days of hell (wednesday)

What ammo have you had good/bad expirence with? I know (according to the ruger website) I can only shoot .22LR and not shot rounds (like cci offers). I just was wondering if they won't feed certain ammo well. I'm planning to get about 1000 rds at once to stockpile (incase of a zombie coke can invasion) Also, With handguns I know cheap magazines are often a bad thing, but do I need to avoid that with the ruger and only get ruger magazines?

Thanks everybody...

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January 25, 2007, 08:31 PM
Besides the Ruger magazines (which are great), I've also had good experiences with the Hot Lips and Steel Lips type of magazines.

As for ammo, out of all the ones I've tested so far, Wolf Match Grade has given me the best accuracy. For cheap plinking ammo, mine likes the Federal bulk packs for some strange reason. My 10/22 shoots everything I've thrown at it, but all the bulk Remington variations give me crap for accuracy. The best advice I can give you is buy a small box of every kind of ammo you can find and test them to see which one works best for your gun, since they all tend to vary.

January 25, 2007, 08:35 PM
I've had the best luck with Federal and Remington bulk pack ammo for plinking ammo. CCI works well too, and there's not really a brand of ammo mine doesn't like. It just seems to run best with these.

Since you're in the PRK, if it were me, I'd just get the factory Ruger mags. I do have some 25 rounders that work fairly reliably, but if they weren't available to me for whatever reason I'd use the Ruger factory mags and never look back. If I were to ever use this gun for anything where it absolutely had to function, I'd slip in a factory magazine.

There is one point in favor of the Butler Creek 10 rounders: the Ruger magazines are somewhat awkward to change out. The protruding single stack 10 rounders give you something to grab onto.

January 25, 2007, 08:49 PM
yea i have good luck with my stock(internally) 10/22 with the Federal hollow point bulk pack. and theyre cheap, 1100 rounds for $19.00 including tax at walmart. not the most accurate, but they feed good and do a number on reactive targets(especially if you bore the tip out a little more)

January 25, 2007, 08:57 PM
This is great help. The gun will be used for plinking and rabbit/jack rabbit hunting. It's gotten painfully expensive (relativly) to shoot 200+ rounds of 7.62x39 at the range every time I go. Shooting jack rabbits with my scoped mauser (8mm) at long range is fun but unless you get a headshot you'll ruin a lot of meat. I think it's high time I got a small caliber rifle...

January 25, 2007, 08:57 PM
I have done well shooting Remington bulk with mine...but that is the only ones I have tried so take that FWIW.

January 25, 2007, 09:02 PM
I've been buying the Federal 550 rd bulk pack at Cabelas for 8.99, works great. Really dislike the Remington "Golden Bullets". Seemed very messy, a few feeding problems, so-so accuracy. Tried some Lapua and from a 3 shot group it seemed to be about 1/2 the spread. $9/100 compared to < $2/100.

I use the factory 10 rd mags without problems, once you get used to dropping them. Just bought a couple of new ones because my 20 yr old originals weren't getting the job done. Believe I got them from CheaperThanDirt or CDNNinvestments, can't remember which but it was much cheaper than any local store.

January 25, 2007, 09:14 PM
In all of my experience (I've been through a whopping 4 bulk boxes) Federals are by far the best value, and the most reliable. Two boxes of 550 Federals with no misfires, and a few misfires from both Remington and Winchester which are more expensive. Also, it seems to me Ruger magazines are the best bet. I'm sure if someone else makes a good steel lipped one it would be okay, but all I've tried is JamLine (ramline) and that is the biggest piece of crap ever sold IMO.

January 25, 2007, 09:16 PM
Butler Creek makes a high cap mag with steel lips. its called the Steel Lips instead of Hot Lips. the work good

Mr White
January 25, 2007, 11:16 PM
Stay away from any mags with plastic lips. They are junk. Ramlines come to mind.

I haven't found anything that my 10/22 won't eat. The Federal bulk packs shoot pretty well. American Eagle seems to be pretty accurate as well. Winchester bulk ammo does pretty good too.

January 25, 2007, 11:49 PM
About time I get a gun that will shoot just about anything I throw at it:D
Some of my others are picky...
yes, I'll stay away from plastic lips:rolleyes: Plastic is for toy guns, not real ones:p

January 26, 2007, 12:18 AM
I will say it again, just to make sure it sinks in to anyone happening to read this: DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON PLASTIC-LIPPED MAGAZINES!!! There. Aside from that, my personal experience with 10/22's has been that they will feed darn near anything. I have owned something like 5 of them over the years, and am down to one made in the early 70's (that I have had since the mid 70's when I was just a little kid) and one made just a few years ago that is being turned into a custom rifle. I won't say I have never had a jam, but they have been few and far between (at least those that weren't magazine related...). I would guess that I have probably shot close to 100,000 rounds through my old 10/22, and I would venture further that I have shot most, if not all, of the .22lr ammo offerings out there. Thats just my experience, so don't take it as gospel.

January 26, 2007, 01:01 AM

well dang. i must have the only good one ever made. feeds and function perfectly. after about 5,000 rounds the lips are wearin down. but it still feeds 99% of the time.

January 26, 2007, 10:48 AM
For my money, CCI mini-mag or stingers. Very consistant and well made.

Love those little fatory mags.

Still, old RAM line plastic mags work fine for me after 20 years. No, I wouldn't bet on em' in a crisis.

But I feed the cheepie 'milk carton' ammo when blasting it up.

Don't like NEW remington much at all for .22--old stuff (especially VERY old match grade) was superb.

January 26, 2007, 11:30 AM
My 10/22T likes Wolf MT the best - that's what I use if I'll be sitting at a bench punching paper. For everything else it likes CCI Minimags. Federal is the best of the 'bulk boxes' for mine - Remington is the worst by far.

January 26, 2007, 11:33 AM
MR. White is correct. Stay away from plastic lipped magazines. I bought a few butler creek 25 rounders and kept one of the loaded in the truck as the "truck gun magazine and took it out at the range after having it in the truck, loaded, for one week...every second round failed to feed. I keep them all unloaded until ready to shoot now.
The ruger magazines still work, but their springs are a bit on the weak side.

I have a gazillion rounds of works great. Winchester works nicely as well.

January 26, 2007, 12:06 PM
the springs have nothin to do with the plastic lips. i keep mine loaded all the time and dont have problems. maybe thats just mine though.

January 26, 2007, 12:22 PM
Yup, I know the springs don't have anything to do with the plastic lips.
The butler creek mags have great springs, but the plastic lips have dents on the inside of them.

The ruger magazines have steel lips, but their springs are starting to wear out - they are the originals that came with eh rifle - so I guess it is just old age :D

January 26, 2007, 12:27 PM
so the rim is sticking in the dents? hmmm i havnt have that happened with mine. maybe take a small fine file and file the dents smooth?

January 26, 2007, 12:28 PM

I haven't thought of that. I'll check it out tonight.

January 26, 2007, 01:29 PM
well dang. i must have the only good one ever made.

My friend, that may well be the case. I mean, maybe yours is the exception that makes it a rule!

January 26, 2007, 01:32 PM
hey i never said it was a rule. however id recommend them because o my experience. and after all, isnt that what we base our recommendations on? if not, it should be.

January 26, 2007, 04:26 PM
went to the local big-box-gun-store (turner's) and picked up 100rds of Ficochi, CCI, wolf, remington, and federal to try it all out. Also got a 500 rd. brick of ficochi (cheapest there) I figured that I'll try it all out but might as well have a couple trips worth of something to shoot anyway. They had no mags and almost no ammo (except for shotguns) I think I'll be ordering from cheaper than dirt because I like to load up several magazines at once instead of one or two over and over. If I get too into it I'll post pictures of groups to compare...

January 26, 2007, 07:37 PM
you'll need to break it in with about 1000 rnds, before deciding what, if anything, else to do with it

January 26, 2007, 07:43 PM
FWIW I have some of the plastic lipped Butler Creek magazines. They aren't dead solid reliable, probably one misfeed in 300 rounds, but if all you really intend to do with a magazine like this is strictly non life threatening (you are in no real danger if shooting small critters or paper generally speaking), that's fine.

January 26, 2007, 07:50 PM
good point. I think I'll start with the bulk stuff I bought them run my tests.

if all you really intend to do with a magazine like this is strictly non life threatening
I hope that I never have to use a .22 to end a life threatening situation! I think I'd choose any of my other guns first assuming I have ammo for them. Now if I get attacked my zombie bunnies from hell they'd better come in waves of 10 or less;)

January 26, 2007, 11:45 PM
I have the best luck with Federal and CCI 22's. Also any of the brand name steel lipped mags work great.

January 28, 2007, 12:09 AM
I like federal as well. The Federal AM-22 bulk target ammo (320 for $9) at Walmart is the most accurate and consistant for me. Federal 810 is great as well as CCI blue, but AM-22 is overall the best in my gun.

January 28, 2007, 06:13 AM
I've had great luck with CCI Blazer and Federal bulk pack in my 10/22s for plinking ammo. In factory barrels, CCI Mini-Mag seems to shoot the best for me.

The Tactical Innovations 25 round composite magazines work well for me, once they are adjusted properly for the gun.

I've found that the best way to adjust them is to take the action out of the stock so you can see how the screws meet the action rails and adjust the screws out until the mag latches in straight and square and level. Mine will feed reliably with standard velocity ammo and a match chamber, which is pretty good for an aftermarket mag. They only work in the gun they are adjusted for, though.

January 28, 2007, 06:57 AM
I have never had much luck with the bulk pack ammo. The cheaper stuff just seems to lack the power to cycle my rifle reliably. Out of all the bulk packs Federal seems to work the best as with it I only get a stove pipe every 9 rounds or so, CCI Mini Mags and Stingers run flawlessly however. The factory Ruger mags work the best IMO and most Wal-Marts carry them for cheap. I have Ramline 30 rounders and while they function reliably they only hold 27 rounds and will split along the seams down the middle over time. Its a shame Bill Ruger has to be such a commie and not sell factory high caps to us serfs :( .

January 28, 2007, 12:46 PM
Its a shame Bill Ruger has to be such a commie and not sell factory high caps to us serfs.

I think it's more of a production management thing.
A few states have mag-cap laws and making special mags for them would make production harder. One of them (California) is the biggest market in the US, so not being able to sell there would really hurt profits.

Or he is just a commie bastard:neener:

January 28, 2007, 02:31 PM
I have not tried these but they look promising.
For cheep .22lr CCI Blazer works for my 10/22

January 28, 2007, 03:03 PM
the tatical inc mags look good...if they only offered a 10 rd version I'd be in buisness. I think for the price difference I'll just stick with Ruger mags until I move somewhere that allows Hi-Cap mags.

January 28, 2007, 03:17 PM
I think it's more of a production management thing.
A few states have mag-cap laws and making special mags for them would make production harder. One of them (California) is the biggest market in the US, so not being able to sell there would really hurt profits.

Or he is just a commie bastard

No hes just a commie bastard. It all goes back to Bill Rugers famous "no honest man needs more than 10 rounds" speech" he gave back in 89. Ruger agreed to stop selling high caps to anyone but law enforcement and military before the 94 ban. It stinks because with the 10/22 and mini14 factory high caps are hard to find and very expensive. Very few aftermarket mags fuction very well in either of them. As it is now I think only 4 or 5 states have restrictions on capacity so selling high caps to the rest of us shouldnt be a problem.

January 28, 2007, 03:47 PM
I forgot about that speach (could be that I was 7 when he made it:neener: )

Yes, I now remember. Maybe I should have gotten the marlin instead...

Wait half my guns are from commie bastards already, never mind.

January 28, 2007, 03:56 PM
I have three hot lips mags - red plastic ones - for about ten years. Thousands of rounds have passed thru them - they work perfect. What are you doing to these clips that you need steel?

CCI Stinger rounds are awsome

My 10/22 has a carbon fiber bull barrel and a target stock with built in bipod - love that gun

January 28, 2007, 03:59 PM
What are you doing to these clips that you need steel?

They just don't want to own a gun part called "hot lips":evil:

January 28, 2007, 04:27 PM
:scrutiny: I forgot about that speach (could be that I was 7 when he made it )

Are you calling me old ? :fire: In all fairness I was only 11 at the time. :neener:

January 28, 2007, 06:15 PM
I'm going to the indoor 25yrd range tuesday night. I was planning to shoot CCI Mini-Mags, Federal Bulk and Winchester Bulk. I can do a range report if anyone is interested.

January 28, 2007, 06:17 PM
I have three hot lips mags - red plastic ones - for about ten years. Thousands of rounds have passed thru them - they work perfect. What are you doing to these clips that you need steel?

the normal action of the bolt passin over the lips causes them to wear down the small parts that keep the cartridge down. when they wear out, the cartridges will start to go nose-up and produces FTFs.

February 3, 2007, 11:52 PM
As had been said much in this thread, most 10/22's will take anything you can throw at them. I negleted mine for much of it's life (never really cleaned it well) and it's never had a malfuntion. I've had missfires caused by ammo, but never the rifle. I bought it used 8 years ago, completely stock as it is today. I've had the same 25 shot hot lips mag and speed loader, and haven't really ever had a problem with it either.

February 4, 2007, 01:11 AM
I have have three different models of 10/22. Standard, Delux
Sporter and the target. The first two will digest and function with
everything I feed it, and with all the above mags without a hitch.
The standard is very accurate with the Delux showing preference
to a few different brands. The target is disappointing as it will
begin to group and open at the forth round. Will have to work
with this one as it could be a bedding problem or scope defective
None of the rifles have failed to feed or fire.

February 4, 2007, 02:38 PM
I was using some CCI mini-mags and got some easy .75" groups at 25 yards with my stock 10/22 with a 2.5x32mm scope. I say they were easy because I had the gun on a plastic barrel clamp bipod, and I was using one hand to rest the back of the gun and fire it, the other hand wasn't doing anything.

However, when I started to group seriously, I couldn't seem to beat the .75" groupings.

February 11, 2007, 11:19 AM
Earlier I posted that the Lapua Club ammo was the most accurate in my 20yr old 10/22. I was recently notified that it was back in stock at MidSouth so I wanted to try it in my Neos to see if it was worth ordering more. Went to an indoor range. The outside temperature was 9F, and I'm absolutely sure it was below freezing indoors. I took several brands to try and interestingly the Lapua had problems with the cold. The bullets kept sticking together. It appears whatever lube they put on them doesn't like the cold. Had several jams and it was just harder to load because of the sticking. I was shooting off hand so couldn't get a real good feeling for the groups but they were no worse than the others.

February 11, 2007, 03:54 PM
CCI Mini-Mag works very well. Stingers do, too.

New 'milk carton' remington is dirty and inconsistant---but very cheap at Farm and Fleet.

Critics asside, ramline hi-cap mags work fine. They're plastic. They are easier on the aluminum parts if the weapon than non-factory steel (unless you're gentle in which case it matter not).

I have been using the same 2 I bought at a Service Merchandise with the gun in 1986. At least a few thousand through each. They were 5 bucks new and the rifle about $129. No, don't hit them with a hammer.

My point being, if someone has some for a couple bucks--they are worth the trouble. Stay away from 50 rd abominations and you'll be fine.

February 11, 2007, 05:13 PM
Mine loves Fed WW bulk box, does a little better accuracy wise with the Rem bulk box.

February 11, 2007, 09:39 PM
Okay I've shot federal and ficochi (evil) and cci and the federal shot best. Got three hotlips mags and they seam to work okay. Will post next trip when they get used.

Red Tornado
February 12, 2007, 11:59 AM
I did quite a bit of ammo testing with my 10/22 this fall, and after running 20+ types of ammo through it, the Remington Golden Bullet shot as good as anything. I seem to remember that there was one higher dollar ammo that outshot it, but not by much, and it certainly didn't justify the cost difference.

These things are so different in what they like, just be sure not to neglect the cheap ammo when you test it. You may get lucky like I did.

I've never had problems with it eating any ammo, and I've only got one aftermarket plastic lips magazine. It's not effective as a 25 round mag, but it functions okay as a 22 round mag. :rolleyes: I just stick with the factory mags normally, and get the little plastic dealies to clip two or four of them together. Here's ( a link.

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